The New York Times reports that two university professors are working on a book that will examine the historical precedents for various conflicts and events in the Star Wars saga.
For example, their note to the historians of slavery sought essays “where historical examples of slavery are detailed to inform an exploration of how slavery was depicted in Star Wars (e.g., the persistence of slavery on Tatooine) and how these parallels provide historical models for the Star Wars universe.”
Professors Reagin and Liedl have worked on other books for Wiley about the historical models within the Twilight series and the Harry Potter series. But what separates this book is that it is being done in cooperation with George Lucas, the creator of “Star Wars.”
“George Lucas is a history buff, and his fascination with history greatly influenced the plot and themes explored in the Star Wars universe,” Connie Santisteban, associate editor for general interest books at Wiley, wrote in an e-mail. “Being able to work closely with Mr. Lucas on this and other books will give fans an inside look at the real science, history and political science that informed ‘Star Wars’ while also providing readers with an educational tool.”
If you're interested in the real-world context for George Lucas' galaxy far, far away, the full story over at NYTimes.com is definitely worth a read. We'll keep an eye out for the book when it hits shelves sometime in 2013!